THE old lady of Launceston’s Tamar River waterfront is being given a ‘‘new dress’’ by her owners at Stillwater Restaurant.
More than just a quick lick of paint, the 185-year-old Ritchies Mill has been a work in progress for painters for the past three weeks.
Stillwater’s Kim Seagram said there would be about a month’s work in total in the facelift for the old building.
‘‘Any of these fabulous old buildings require so much maintenance, it’s not even funny,’’ Ms Seagram said.
‘‘The last paint job we had on the main mill structure was 15 years ago, when my husband purchased Ritchies Mill and subsequently developed Stillwater.
‘‘Now it’s that next time to give her a new dress.’’
She said they had a very clear conservation plan for the mill, and intended to bring its colours back to the original scheme.
‘‘You can guess there’s a few litres of paint going on to it,’’ Ms Seagram said.
‘‘It’s such a stunning old building – it’s really part of the heritage and fabric of the city.
‘‘It was originally part of the building in the 1830s and was added on to subsequently. It’s an absolute privilege to be taking care of such a landmark of the city.’’